How to make akutaq

To make akutaq, also known as "eskimo ice cream," you mix together berries (blackberries, salmonberries, etc.) with fat. Nowadays it's common for people to use crisco as the fat, but traditionally people used reindeer or moose fat. If you happen to have either of those on hand, they're preferred. To finish off the recipe, you can also mix in some fish and sugar. Yum!

     Posted By: Alex - Sat Aug 17, 2013
     Category: Food

Add dried and powdered lean meat and you have pemmican.
Posted by BMN on 08/17/13 at 10:31 AM
Around here Crisco flavored with white flour and sugar and then fried in corn oil is a favorite. It's called "Krispy Kreme."
Posted by tadchem on 08/17/13 at 10:43 AM
Mountaineers often eat a mix of lard and sugar for the really high altitude climbs. And they still lose weight.
Posted by Miles on 08/17/13 at 11:45 AM
@BMN: That's about what I thought. These foods were essential to the survive the harsh winters of the north.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 08/17/13 at 11:45 AM
I hear that for those working outdoors down in Antarctica (especially in winter) a favorite snack is simply a stick of butter. Yummy!
Posted by Roland on 08/17/13 at 03:41 PM
Extra fat is a necessity in those climates just to survive the sugar just makes it palatable.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 08/17/13 at 06:58 PM
And if you want to know why the Inuit are growing fatter even more rapidly than the rest of North America - it's because nowadays they use plastic c#%p like Crisco instead of good, old-fashioned animal fat.
Posted by Richard Bos on 08/18/13 at 01:17 PM
I'm from Alaska and Akutaq is so yummy. My ancestors made this for snacks for the men while out hunting or for special occasions, like gatherings or such.
Posted by Tiffanie on 08/25/13 at 02:48 AM
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